Definition of sequence of tenses in English:

sequence of tenses

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noun

[mass noun] Grammar
  • The dependence of the tense of a subordinate verb on the tense of the verb in the main clause (e.g. I think that you are wrong; I thought that you were wrong).
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    • The past tense does nothing but continue the sequence of tenses, and so the unfolding of events.
    • One might argue that Strabo's loose grammar allows us to ignore a strict translation of the sequence of tenses and consider alternatives.
    • The theme of repetition recurs, but this time it is the repetition of the sequence of tenses throughout the text.

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